Only 50% of oncologists advise their patients to quit smoking, and most of them do not provide steps on how to do it, stated Peter G. Shields, MD, Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine in the College of Medicine and in the Division of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University; Deputy Director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute; and Chair of the NCCN GuidelinesPanel on Smoking Cessation.
“Treating patients with cancer is not simple, and smoking issues easily take second or third or fourth priority, so we wanted to come up with guidelines that would be clear, relevant, and something that could literally be done in the clinic in just a few minutes,” Dr. Shields said. The goals of the new NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Smoking Cessation are to establish standards of care, facilitate implementation with clear guidelines, allow for quality-control monitoring, fill a gap among current guidelines, and ultimately improve the health and outcomes of patients with cancer.
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